Hypnosis and Suggestibility: An Experimental Approach

Crown House Publishing, 2002 - 464 páginas

Read the book by the man who taught Milton H. Erickson MD!

In 1923, Erickson was a second year undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin where his teacher, Clark L. Hull, was researching hypnosis and behaviourism: their encounter changed Erickson's life forever. This book explains Hull's experimental methods, results and the scientific approach to hypnosis, which, even today, are being integrated into clinical and therapeutic research. Long out of print, this seminal classic, has helped shape the evolution of hypnosis - as the first extensive systematic investigation of hypnosis using quantitative experimental methodology. Certainly today's clinicians and researchers owe much of what they currently do to the work of Clark Hull. He was a pioneer searching for the means to make behaviourism - and a behavioural view of hypnosis - an exact science.

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Clark L. Hull, an American psychologist, rose from a harsh rural life in upstate New York and an early bout with poliomyelitis that left him partially paralyzed to an outstanding career in American psychology. His behaviorist theory of learning set the agenda for learning theory research in the decades surrounding World War II. The first part of Hull's career was spent at the University of Wisconsin, where he carried out research on the measurement and prediction of achievement. In 1928 he moved to Yale University's Institute of Human Relations, where he began to formalize his mechanistic theory of learning behavior. In a series of experiments, he reduced the more complex types of learning to simple reinforced stimulus-response events. He also showed that there is a quantitatively definable goal gradient in learning---that is, the closer an action is to contact with a desired object, or goal, the more it is reinforced by that goal. Hull was convinced that this work would lead to a unified theory of behavior, a goal few now believe is possible. His research, however, established the pattern for logical theory construction, which has been applied in many fields.

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